Best NHL Betting Matchup and Pick of the Week

The 2018-19 NHL season is well underway, and we start to have a more clear view of the top NHL teams at this point. Coaches all around the league are still making adjustments to offensive lines, but most of the rosters are in place. With that in mind, let's take a look at the best NHL game to bet on this week. The Detroit Red Wings will host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night, and this game looks like a big mismatch on paper. Winnipeg looks to be getting better by the day, while the Red Wings appear to be one of the worst teams in the league this season. Below is a quick breakdown of each team, and a few reasons to bet on the Jets over the Red Wings on Friday.

Jets Stingy on Defense

The Winnipeg Jets enter this week with a 5-2-1 record and have racked up eleven points. The Jets are in the mix for the top spot in the rugged Central Division in the Western Conference. One of the biggest reasons for the Jets success this season is their ability to limit scoring chances for their opponents. The Jets have given up just 2.5 goals per game this season, which is the sixth best average in the NHL. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has been the main man in net for the Blue Jackets, posting a 2.66 goals against average.

The Jets also have some talented offensive pieces that are capable of scoring a ton of points. Left winger Kyle Connor leads the team with four goals, but defenseman Josh Morrissey leads the team with seven points. Winnipeg will have plenty of offense to beat the Red Wings in this game.

Red Wings Can't Slow Down Opponents

The Detroit Red Wings enter this week with a 1-5-2 record and they have recorded just four points so far this season. The Red Wings are in last place in the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. Detroit has given up a whopping 4.4 goals per game this season, which is the worst mark in the NHL. Veteran goaltender Jimmy Howard has struggled in net for the Red Wings this season, recording just one victory and posting a 3.43 goals against average.

Veteran center Gustav Nyquist leads the team with six assists and seven points so far this season. Dylan Larkin leads the team with four goals scored this season, but the Red Wings have struggled to put consistent pressure on opposing defenses. The Red Wings are trying to find more production, but they lack the talent at this point of the season.

Winnipeg Wins in Detroit
The defense and goaltending of the Winnipeg Jets should keep the Red Wings to a very low score in this contest. Detroit is in a complete rebuild, and their record so far is a reflection of that. The Jets have plenty of offensive weapons and they should be able to light the lamp consistently in this game. Bet the Winnipeg Jets over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.